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As her plane touched down again in her home state of New York, Emily Mielcarek watched the clouds and tiny houses whoosh past her plane window. When her feet finally touched American soil, instead of feeling overwhelmed with joy and peace, she immediately felt an empty space in her heart. A desire to turn back around and hop on the next plane flooded her thoughts.

Unfortunately, Mielcarek was forced to leave the airport because her senior year of college was about to begin. Soon after, exams and deadlines would be whooshing by—just like the clouds and tiny houses.

For a moment, she closes her eyes and wants to feel alive again—alive in the sense that she is somewhere else, learning and living in a brand new culture. 

This is a familiar feeling for Mielcarek as an International Studies major at Waynesburg University with minors in both Sociology and Theatre. The feeling of “wanderlust,” or the strong desire to travel, is like a sixth sense to her, which is part of the reason why she chose her specific major—and university.

“I actually chose my major around studying abroad because I do love to travel,” Mielcarek said. “When I chose Waynesburg as my university, I made sure that the International Studies major had a study abroad department. It ended up being required for my degree, so I knew I was destined for Waynesburg.”

Prior to returning to the United States, Mielcarek lived in Northern Ireland for five months, studying and falling head-over-heels in love with the culture during the spring and summer of 2016. During her stay, she got to experience the boisterous and short-tempered civilians, the clamor of the pubs and breweries and the crisp cliffs and Scottish architecture.

While in the UK, Mielcarek also had the opportunity to backpack in Belgium, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Netherlands.

Although Mielcarek is technically required to travel for academic purposes, she is a firm believer in everyone getting a chance to see the world for themselves.

“As an International Studies major, I feel it's important to go and experience other cultures, live in the countries and truly immerse yourself,” Mielcarek said. “Full immersion is surrendering yourself to another culture, not comparing it to your own.”

Mielcarek is unique at Waynesburg in that she is currently the only International Studies student. Although this created a few bumps in the road when it came to planning for her study abroad program, she said the faith aspect that Waynesburg University offers has helped her to stay calm amongst the storm.

“If it weren’t for the strong faith foundation at Waynesburg, I don’t know where I’d be,” Mielcarek said. “Through the stress of traveling and planning my trip, it was Waynesburg University that kept me grounded.”

After graduation, Mielcarek intends to get her master’s degree and pursue a career in teaching English as a second language. She also hopes to work with refugees, specifically from Burma and southeast Asia. But hopefully before then, Mielcarek will get another chance to lean her head against the headrest of her seat with her plane ticket in hand—just to watch those clouds and tiny houses whoosh by.

Written by: Mattie Winowitch, sophomore communications (journalism) major

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The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Waynesburg’s program was only one of two baccalaureate programs out of 38 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This is the seventh time the University has achieved the 100 percent pass rate since 2008.

This year, 158,033 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 84.30 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,512 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 87.93 percent.

“Our success on the licensure exam reaffirms our program quality, cutting edge curriculum and state-of-the art facilities,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “We also have excellent and committed faculty who offer consistent, rigorous teaching, and who really care about our students.”

The NCLEX-RN pass rate accounts for graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. Students take the exam subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Mosser credits Waynesburg students for their hard work during the time they are enrolled in the program.

“The dedication of our students is certainly reflected in the pass rate, as well as their success in being hired upon graduation,” she said.

Waynesburg’s nursing program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The Department also offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs.

For more information on Waynesburg’s nursing program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/nursing.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-3-Lamplighters-Fall-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will present a “Music and Family” themed concert Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The performance will highlight how music joins each of us together as family and reminds us of our deep-rooted faith in Jesus. The audience will enjoy favorite congregational hymns and songs, as well as music prepared by the Lamplighter Touring Choir.

The concert will be tailored to senior citizens in the Waynesburg community, but all are welcome for a wonderful afternoon of music.

“The Lamplighters hope to connect with the community through a time of hymn singing and then a reception time where choir members can get to know the attendees better,” said Melania Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music.

No reservations are necessary for this event.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Waynesburg University was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year.

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Donna Nelson read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. As a result of the reports, 284 awards were given, including 46 outstanding, 93 commendable and 145 honorable mention awards.

“One of the highlights of my job is working with this group of students,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. “They undertake an extraordinary amount of work in addition to their regular courses to plan and host numerous events throughout the academic year to benefit the campus and community. I’m so proud of these students and all of the quality work that they accomplish.”

Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others.  The chapter recently implemented a new program in which local high school classes receive supplemental instruction in chemistry in Waynesburg University labs.

Waynesburg and the other award winning chapters will be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California in April 2017.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-2-Christmas-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The concert will feature the University’s Lamplighters Concert Choir and Symphonic Band.

The Lamplighters Concert Choir will present J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” which brings the text of Luke, chapter one, to life as Mary sings God’s praises as he remembers His promises to Israel. The 30 minute choral work will feature a variety of soloists.

Melanie Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music, looks forward to this annual event as it helps spread the joy and music of the Christmas season.

The Symphonic Band will present a medley of Christmas music, including classic and popular songs that have become synonymous with the Christmas season. The band will also perform songs from popular movies such as The Polar Express, Frozen and The Theory of Everything.

The Symphonic Band is directed by Ronda Depriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program.

“I love the holiday season and am looking forward to sharing some marvelous music from various types of movie scores and all-time favorite carols of the season,” said DePriest.

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit the students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420 or repries@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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